Friday, June 16, 2023

Poetry: Odes to Adirondack Lupines

A line of lupines


Ranks of lupines
petals port-arms
ready to impale
with their vibrancy all
who pass them by on
a narrow gravel
Adirondack road.

Cat with lupines

Shimmer the cat, standing at the entrance to his eponymous forest, Shimmer’s Fern Forest, where he goes to escape the summer sun and the preying eyes of hawks and eagles. Photo provided by Jack Carney.

Shimmer pauses before
his eponymous fern forest
alert to sounds and smells
while lupines stand
sentinel at his side.
Photo at top: A line of lupines. Photo provided by Jack Carney.

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Jack Carney is a clinical social worker who retired after fifty years of practice, nearly forty of which spent working in the public mental health system. He received his MSW from UCLA in 1969 and his DSW from CUNY in 1991. He is also a trained family therapist, trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and has devoted a good part of his professional life to teaching and training mental health professionals, to developing and implementing innovative treatment approaches and programs, and to conducting clinical practice research. He retired in 2010 from a large New York social welfare agency. He now lives with his wife and their two cats in the Adirondacks of northern NY State, where he spends much of his time writing provocative tracts and working as a community and healthcare advocate, heavily involved in the Campaign for NY Health and the enactment of single payer healthcare on a statewide – the NY Health Act – and national – Medicare for All – basis. He is the author of a book of essays – Nation of Killers: Guns, Violence, White Supremacy – The American Dream Become Delusion, published in 2015 and available via Amazon. He has also published over 40 blog posts on Mad In America and Op-Ed News, all concerned with the political deterioration of the American state and its institutions and the measures that ordinary Americans can take to oppose an oppressive corporatist ruling class that is squeezing the life and vibrancy out of us. A nearly complete listing of all his writings – a work in progress – can be found on his website, www.paddling


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